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Youth in Landscapes: Taking action on recurring issues

women in the field - Janusz Gawron, stock.xchange

by Marina Cherbonnier and Courtney Paisley

Youth are sometimes asked to provide their input into the big issues in the landscapes sector (agriculture, forestry, fisheries, conservation, development, industry, climate change), but let’s face it — this input often stays on the sidelines and rarely influences the ‘real’ decisions that are being made.

We’re hoping to change this by providing a platform to bring the youth voice to the Global Landscapes Forum (see the event CIFOR and YPARD are planning here) and get these insights concretely reflected in the outcomes.

We have trawled through youth communiqués from past events to find the recurring themes. This is our chance to start from where we ended before, and move into concrete plans and commitments.  Let’s take an action-oriented approach together and focus on building a youth supportive environment within the landscapes sector. We want to hear your opinion, your experience, and your suggestions for moving forward.

Learn more about the four themes we have identified as important to building a youth-supportive environment within the landscapes sector. We raise 5 questions to find together concrete ways to tackle these issues! We need to determine strategies for dealing with them, including advocating for the policy support to create a place where they can happen.

Share your suggestions with us on landscapes.org , the official website of the event.Through the discussions, we want to come to ACTION, so we would like to hear concrete examples, and concrete actions/remedies; and also what YOU are doing to overcome these hurdles…

See you on landscapes.org for further discussions!

Youth are going to be heard; great - what are you going to say?!

Picture credit: Janusz Gawron, stock.xchange